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Agreement Manager (APS5), Grants Management Unit


Job Description:

The Opportunity

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has a number of exciting APS5 opportunities within the Grants Management Unit (GMU). The GMU is seeking applicants to fill current and anticipated vacancies and to create a merit pool for future vacancies.

The GMU provides high quality, professional grants management and administration services to our stakeholders that supports the outcomes of Government and improves the lives of Indigenous Australians. The GMU provides strategic direction and leverages expertise to ensure quality outcomes are delivered across the program outputs.

The GMU works with its NIAA internal stakeholders—who are in policy and program areas or engagement roles—to provide professional grant management services for Indigenous Advancement Strategy grants. The core function of the GMU is to manage grant agreements. This includes to draft agreements, negotiate and execute grant agreements, monitor compliance and performance, manage risk, make payments, analyse financial reports and acquit funding.

GMU Agreement Managers have a critical role in ensuring grant agreements comply with statutory requirements, regulatory frameworks and NIAA policy (eg. risk and assurance) and the relevant Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

As an APS5 GMU Agreement Manager you will be expected to:
  • Undertake and deliver consistent grant management, including assessing and managing risk and ensuring that contractual issues are appropriately addressed.
  • Possess knowledge of grant agreement management, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and financial delegations.
  • Have an understanding of financial statements and the ability to use online data management systems.
  • Assess and resolve complex and sensitive issues that impact programs or grant agreements and develop creative solutions in partnership with Regional Office engagement teams and relevant program areas.
  • Manage effective internal and external relationships, negotiate with stakeholders in more complex matters, and resolve escalated issues where appropriate.
  • Model supportive and collaborative behaviours, encourage innovation and help build an environment where staff are valued and committed to producing quality outcomes.
Candidates with broadly transferrable skills across the above functions are strongly encouraged to apply. The GMU provides a supportive environment to assist you to learn the specifics of the role.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidates are passionate about better understanding the key issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Candidates should exhibit sound judgement and professionalism, and have the capacity to work flexibly and responsively to achieve results. To fill the role, we are looking for candidates who will play a key role in overseeing all elements associated with the grant administration process.

Candidates will be required to provide expert advice and recommendations on grant agreement management systems and compliance with relevant legislation, guidelines and policy frameworks. The role requires an understanding of financial statements and the ability to use online data management systems.

To fill the role, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Demonstrated analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage grant agreements with varying levels of complexity and sensitivity and identify potential risks.
  • Ability to engage effectively with stakeholders regarding the management of grant agreements e.g. service delivery and provider capability risks, performance reports, grant payment instalments.
  • Ability to identify emerging opportunities or issues, and respond quickly to competing priorities as they emerge.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and good judgement.
  • Willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
What We Offer:
  • We are an Agency with significant autonomy, national reach, and due to our size can move fast.
  • We offer a space where you can bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for helping people.
  • We offer an attractive remuneration package, including generous employer superannuation contributions and a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace for you to develop your expertise and achieve your ambitions.

To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen.
The successful candidate will be required to be assessed through our pre-employment screening checks, such as an Australian Criminal History Check

How to apply:

If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you!  Submit an online application through the NIAA Careers Page by Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at 11:30pm AEST.


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Perth, WA, Australia


Agreement Manager (APS5), Grants Management Unit






$79,941-$85,464 per year